Game one of the IPL 2019 see’s Chennai Super Kings taking on Royal Challengers Bangalore, the game is live on BT Sports in the UK from 2.30pm GMT. Check out the key game stats below and our match prediction for the Chennai Super Kings v Royal Challengers Bangalore.
All-time meetings: Chennai Super Kings W7, Royal Challengers Bangalore W2
Last meeting: Chennai Super Kings beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 6 wickets
CHENNAI SUPER KINGS
Coach: Stephen Fleming
Captain: MS Dhoni
The Super Kings come into this opening match which pits MS Dhoni against Virat Kohli in what is sure to be a cracker as the Chennai outfit bid to defend their crown and they will take heart from the fact that they have beaten Royal Challengers Bangalore in their last six meetings.
ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE
Coach: Gary Kirsten
Captain: Virat Kohli
There is plenty of expectation on RCB once again coming into this new IPL campaign as they are led by India skipper Virat Kohli but they face a tough opening match against a team that has dominated them in recent times and are the defending champions.
There are plenty of factors in favour of the defending champions Chennai Super Kings coming into this opening match against Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore. MS Dhoni’s men have home advantage on what is unlikely to be a high-scoring pitch, they have won their last six meetings with RCB, and they have all their players available for this opener. RCB are without Coulter-Nile and Stoinis, although they have reasonable replacements. That said, the hosts have to be favoured here to get their defence off to a winning start with their impressive bowling attack and depth of batting likely to make the difference.